WHAT IS THE TEA PARTY, ACTUALLY
VERSUS WHAT IS MADE UP ABOUT IT
ACCUSED OF MANY THINGS AND MANY NON-TRUTHS
All sorts of things are attributed to what is called the Tea Party. But it is just a group of concerned citizens banding together in the American way over a concern that they have.
It has no evil intent, nor actually even a political position, except about reasonable government and government spending. Though in any such group of its size there can be people of extreme positions on a number of issues and even some involved in "make-wrong" of the opposite side, it would be unfair and illogical to brand the whole group with what part of the group does.
As a group, they have no position on such issues as abortion or gay rights or anything other than concern about current politics and its affect on the people.
Hopefully the reader of this site is open and interested in finding out the facts first and having insights before making a logical, fair judgment about these people.
ARE THEY A "POLITICAL PARTY"?
Since they are highly concerned about fiscal prudence, they have had to be considered part of the party that emphasizes the same, though they do not necessarily agree with all the Republican platform, just as is true in a number of groups that affiliate with the political party.
They are largely pretty inexperienced and initially were fairly inept politically. They did however have great impact because of their number and the strength of their concern about the current political fiscal problems. And like any citizen group they can react with fear over some issues and concerns, such as the massive health care act and its possible threats and costs.
They have helped push for fiscal sanity, but in doing so they seemed and/or have pushed too far, so that some people make it up that they are wild-eyed radicals. Most are just concerned citizens (and they do have some extreme people who have supported the same position - but they do not necessarily agree with those extreme people). This is a classic case of people judging them based on prejudice and generalization and even fear. And it is sad that such occurs in this country.
I would consider the so-called Tea Party to be a "movement" (grass roots type) that has sprung up in reaction to a very real concern and who are willing to use the political process to correct what they see as inequities.
If one looks at their 2014 platform, it talkss only of
Excessive debt and deficit spending
The size of government
Believing in the people
Correct the pitfalls of politics, including lobbyists and special interests
I can detect no evil or extremism in those positions. The difference is that they are standing strongly for those.